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As I keep exploring with wire and what can it do for my advantages, I created this -what I call as- Cocoon Beads along the way. I like this design very much and have been incorporating them in my design -A LOT-. They’re fun, versatile, and easy to make, have this pretty organic touch in it, and they look good almost on everything! I’d like to think that these beads are one of my Signature creations.

They’re made of heavily hammered round wire and then coiled to shape. They’re that easy!

Here are a few examples of how these beads used on a design:

newest variation of Cocoon Beads

newest variation of Cocoon Beads and I LOVE IT!

and in the pictures below are the things i did in the past…

blossom in love set

blossom in love set

sun sparks

sun sparks

clover sherbet

clover sherbet

warrior princess

warrior princess

fruiteelicious

fruiteelicious

and believe it or not, this image below is what started it all!

beetle tribe

beetle tribe

I hope you enjoy the beads as much as I do!! 8D

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Since this is the beginning of a serious business, I figure that i need a “signature box” for my jewelries and make my business card ready whenever anyone ask for it.

I’ve got the boxes ready two days ago and finished the business card last night! I’m not sure about the logo yet but i think i like it =) Only the spiral on the “t” kinda makes me thinking of should I let it stay or make it straight.

I really like the colors! They’re so pretty and soft. I think it would still be suitable for wedding jewelry boxes =) The cool thing about this box is that it requires NO glue. Just folds through and through 😀

The business cards:

The text isn’t as dark as it’s supposed to be because my printer is running out of black ink.

The vector image (watermarked):

Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with them! 😀

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Last Sunday has proven itself to be a very good day. There was a quite big family gathering with cousins, second cousins and such to celebrate my grandma’s sister’s & husband of their 72nd wedding anniversary! You heard it right! Seventy second! Quite a record huh?

This kind of family gathering usually boring, i must say.. Not much to do and say for the youngins. The older party got all the fun XD But last Sunday was different! Great food overall. I got me 2 portions of Almond Pudding, and then iced Durian fruit so it tasted like ice cream (yum!!), and brought some of the cake home 😀 ah.. heaven.. XD

But to top all of that, I sold three of my jewelries. I brought them along to show my aunt and cousin who usually also helped me redistributing them. They work in fashion industry. I asked my cousin whether she would like to see my jewelries now after we finished eating. So we entered the guest room which was empty and start to dig on my stuffs. Later on her mom joined us, and then the other ladies were coming too.. It was like bees on honey XD Ah, it was so much fun.. 😉 I also got several possible orders.

If this was how a Jewelry Party look like, I’m totally gonna love it! 😀

SOLD ITEMS:

Double Helix
Double Helix
Peacock Swirl
Peacock Swirl
Beach Memory
Beach Memory

COMMISSIONED PIECES:

Enchanted Tree Necklace
Enchanted Tree Necklace ~ went to NZ
Winter Moon
Winter Moon – will go to Singapore

PREVIOUSLY SOLD ITEMS:

Purple Heart
Purple Heart ~ moved to the USA

ON SOMEONE’S WISHLIST:

Amoeba Flower
Amoeba Flower ~ the necklace, not the girl. LOL

Yays! Thanks to those who bought my stuffs 😀

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Thanks to Evi who commissioned me!!

She liked my Autumn Love Tree of Life necklace and wanted one with copper and tiger’s eye chips. It was up to me to add anything else to match her request and gave orange and red as hints. So i told her my idea and offered a sketch. She agreed. Too bad the sketch was never made due to my excitement! <rofl> I worked on it right away after reading her e-mail XD

But whatever, i made it exactly like what i discribed to her and told her that if she didn’t like it, i’m willing to make another. but she liked it!! so yay!!!!

here it is: (spent around 6m of copper wire)

pendant

pendant

full view: i made everything myself but the chain. i hand braided the brown cord and secured it with coiled wire. i even filed the end of the wire so it wouldn’t stick out.

full view

full view

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and because I was so pleased with the result of the commissioned pendant that i made a bangle in the similar style.
All swarovski crystals in deep red and orange. Perfect for autumn!

Made in various size of copper wire, this bangle holds its shape well, so i couldn’t be happier 😀
All wire is copper, around 14m long in total, oxidized to show the intricate details. Completely hand made by me.

side view

side view

top view

top view

bottom view

bottom view

i’ve been wearing this for a few hours now (for testing purpose) and my skin is not turning greenish or blackish. so yay!  *w* this bangle is for sale, btw 😉

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Darn you copper!

So today i was going out searching for copper wires. After a few electrical stores, i finally found a vast collection of copper wire in all gauges. So i thought “horray!”. I bought 5 different gauges, an ounce each. spent around $6 on it. yay cheap!

Back in the car, i was looking through my findings and mesmerized that i finally found it…. and…. i saw something is peeled off on the end of 1.3mm wire! It’s immediately occrued to me that THESE WIRES ARE COATED!!!! DAAAAMMMNNN…. That’s not what i want! I want uncoated copper! T_T I never bought a copper wire before so it didn’t register to me that they’re not naked copper.

When i got home, i had the idea of burning the coating off (yes, even when i knew that burning plastic is toxic). I cut a short amount of it and burn it with my Butane torch. YES!! it burnt off! But i got uneven result. some got really crisp and easier to peel off some just got blackened. Then i tried to google it and i didn’t find anything worthy enough until someone said that when they burnt the house down, they saw clean copper wire within the ruins.. So i tried again to burn it longer. This time on my third floor which is an open air area with a lot of roof tiles stacked on it. I built a “box” using those roof tiles and burn an old magazine and put the wire in it. The scattered fire isn’t enough apparently. So then i used a stove! This still takes a long time and i didn’t get an even result still and almost all the wire got blackened. Finally i steel wooled it and some of the copper real color is coming out! But still not even! D:

Blaaaaahhh… That was the heaviest gauge (1.3mm). Now imagine if i had to burn and polish the smallest gauge (0.3mm)!! @_@

DARN YOU COPPER!!

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